It’s hard when one feels lonely. I hope things will change for you and for Bubbie. I used to be lonely when I was younger, but too many people have needs for me to be lonely now. My Dad was so lonely after my stepmother’s death. My mother had died years before. Of nature he’s an introvert, but reaches beyond that. He’s 88 next week, but he goes to theological book-study with a group and his parish priest, another night he goes to bible study in the parish, two days of the week he visits our step-mother’s sister who has Alzheimer’s in a nursing home. One day a month he goes to the local court to be there for defendents who have no one. He goes for a walk most days. My siblings and I can’t help feeling he’s the most amazing person…but at heart he’s a quiet man who likes to read and listen to classical music, so there’s hope for any of us…I hope
Loneliness and relationship
Jesus, Scripture tells us, “It is not good that man should be alone.” [Genesis 2:8] Yet loneliness affects many people even in company because they feel unable to trust in their value to others. They often feel rejected and unloved, and have little self-esteem.
Jesus, we humans hope for companionship that is reciprocal and happy, with love that affirms our individuality and value. We seek in others the gift of ourselves forgiven and accepted in all our faults. We cannot receive such a gift unless we can also give to others the gift of themselves accepted by love that is aware, not blind.
Express Your love in our relationships as we seek to live in gospel community, not as isolated individuals. For only where individuals and communities are willing to love and to minister to others, do we find in each other the nourishing power of Christ’s presence.
Therefore, let the lonely and hurt understand their need to welcome others in charity in however small or great means open to them, rather than to remain trapped in isolation or self-pity. However if they remain isolated, we offer You their pain, united with the atoning loneliness of Your own earthly exile in reparation for all sins against compassion, against friendship, justice and unity.
Jesus let us gently bring Your love to the lonely, to all persons who hunger for love and companionship. “God gives the lonely a permanent home.” [Psalm 68:6] 1983